Carrum Downs Secondary College

Where Every Student Grows

School Wide Positive Behaviour Support (SWPBS)

Carrum Downs Secondary College has adopted School Wide Positive Behaviour Support (SWPBS) since 2018. Whilst working with a DET SWPBS Coach, the College understands that behaviour is any action or process which can be measured and observed, it is not necessarily negative and that it can be learned. 

Research indicates that student behaviour serves a function, which can generally be categorised into four key areas:

  1. Escape/Avoidance: The individual behaves in order to get out of doing something he/she does not want to do.
  2. Attention Seeking: The individual behaves to get focused attention from parents, teachers, siblings, peers, or other people that are around them.
  3. Seeking Access to Materials: The individual behaves in order to get a preferred item or participate in an enjoyable activity.
  4. Sensory Stimulation: The individual behaves in a specific way because it feels good to them.

In addition to these key points about behaviour, SWPBS is also based on the following premises:

  • Students do not learn better ways of behaving when only given adverse consequences.
  • To learn better ways of behaving, students must be directly taught the expected behaviours.
  • To retain new behaviours, students must be given specific, positive feedback, and opportunities to practice in a variety of settings where the behaviours should be used.

As a result, SWPBS at Carrum Downs Secondary College aims to promote and acknowledge positive behaviours across all environments of the College and seek opportunities to teach and reward positive behaviours whenever possible. As a school we have commenced work with our community to implement the SWPBS framework.

This work has led to the development of a series of SWPBS Matrices that have been created to clearly indicate to students and staff the expected behaviours in different areas of the College. These can be used as a reference point to discuss unwanted behaviours with students when they are observed in an attempt to teach students the desired behaviour. 

We have also reviewed our college values as part of this process, and have identified the values of respect, integrity and effort that will underpin the SWPBS framework.